Procurement Efficiency Project


Countries such as Pakistan, and in particular the provincial governments to whom much responsibility for service delivery has been devolved, face growing spending needs and must meet them with limited resources. In this context it becomes crucial to ensure that the available resources are spent in a cost-effective manner. Arguably one of the most important tasks in this respect is to ensure greater efficiency of public procurement, without which cost-effective service delivery is impossible.
The availability of timely and accurate information on value for money achieved during procurement is central to evaluating the effectiveness of interventions to increase efficiency in public procurement.
To this end, Punjab Online Procurement System has been developed, implemented and adopted across 1200 public offices. It digitises the existing Procurement System and allows for transactions to be evaluated across offices in Higher Education, Agriculture, Health and Communication and Works controlling for different attributes.

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Principal Investigators

Professor Oriana Bandiera, London School of Economics
Dr. Michael Best, Standford University
Dr. Adnan Qadir Khan, London School of Economics
Professor Andrea Prat, Columbia University

Partners and Funders

Punjab Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA)
Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB)
Planning and Development Board Punjab
Finance Department Punjab
Punjab Resource Management Program
Higher Education Department
Agriculture Department
Health Department
Communications and Work Department
Government of Punjab

Project Period:

2012 – 2016

 Final report